Cruz de Alba 2008
14 months in new American and French oak
90 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. International Wine Challenge 2011 Gold. Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 Silver.
W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd
For Crianza, this has a healthy dose of new oak, most of it French, which at this particular time slightly dominates the fruit. Clearly a year or two will soften the nutty tannins, and the wine is well built enough to last far longer.
Cruz de Alba is made with grapes from vines over 20 years old in the Pagos de los Hoyales, at the heart of Ribera del Duero’s "Golden Mile." When the grapes attained optimum ripeness, they were manually harvested. Fermentation was performed according to traditional Bordeaux methods, followed by 14 months aging in new French and American oak casks. This time-honored regimen provided this unique wine with elegance and distinction.
About the Winery
In DO Ribera del Duero there is a place where the timeless meets the unprecedented: Bodegas Cruz de Alba, a venture that produced its first vintage in 2003. Biodynamic methods play an important role at the estate, going beyond simply organic practices and integrating the diverse forces of nature influencing the vine. The result of these techniques can be tasted in the quality and elegant style of the Cruz de Alba wines.